Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Zraly:
4.53/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A pretty gold color with a fluffy white head. Nice carbonation and nice lacing. Smells wonderful: fresh cut grass, flowers, and violet candies (think Chower's gum).
So very good. It's balanced and smooth. No cloying or heaviness. Bready and crisp, medium-bodied. Alcohol is subtle and is barely noted in the mouth -- danger! Beautifully constructed.
This is a very pretty Southern Tier riff. I didn't know what to expect with the "Imperial" extra pale ale tag, but now I see. It's definitely unique from an Imperial IPA as the hops are not as aggressive in the nose and on the palate. I prefer this to the Unearthly (although the Oaked Unearthly might be a different story).
It's incredible with spicy sausage jambalaya, a small cheese plate, and crusty french bread.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2011 23:16:44 | More by Zraly
More User Reviews:
3.09/5 rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
"The simplicity of Hoppe tests the skill and ability of the brewer to create something truly majestic. We craft this much like a sculptor who uses only a hammer and chisel to shape stone into a masterpiece. Hoppe is spawned of these few essentials: barley, wheat, hops, yeast and water. This limited palette is an exercise in minimalism, with refined elements that are deliberately selected. This simple combination creates a golden shimmering brew infused with delicate aromas. The artful nature of this beer is exposed with the first taste. As the malt and hops create a composition of flavors, an elegant finish leaves an impression that your tastes will not soon forget. Don't be deceived by the innocence of Hoppe. Please enjoy in moderation." Brewed in the style of an Imperial Pale Ale. In retirement for quite some time, this has become a big craft fan favorite and one of Southern Tier's most talked-about discontinued beers.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Southern Tier snifter. Served above 50º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Hoppe pours a whipped cream head of a golden-white consistency over a mildly hazy medium amber body. Carbonation is small and relaxed. Retention is above average, leaving light streaked lacing. 3.75
(Smell) Fruit hop aromas against a very potent grainy malt background. Aromas of biscuit, tannins and ethanol gain with the aroma. Aromatically, it's past its prime. 3
(Taste) Some herbaceous hop flavor prevails, but stands aside nothing enjoyable. Finishes with a peppery flat hop finish aside a grainy, faded malt body. Very harsh flavors on account of age, much like in the aroma. 3
(Mouthfeel) Mildly dry, slightly slick. Carbonation adds some froth and light crispness. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is high in its current status. 3
(Overall) I wouldn't buy any old bottles of this beer no matter what the price is. While Hoppe is regarded as an excellent beer by Southern Tier, there's not enough substance to keep it drinkable for long beyond fresh. I hope that Southern Tier pulls this beer out of retirement, perhaps to repackage in 4 packs. I hope to get the chance to re-review this beer one day soon. 3.25
Southern Tier Brewing Company's
Imperial Hoppe (Extra Pale Ale)
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 19:42:52 | More by Jadjunk
Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.